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The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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  1. 1
    + 8,596
    - 3,294

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 7,135
    - 2,635


    Running back

    ;
  3. 3
    + 6,935
    - 2,180


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,466
    - 3,040


    Quarterback

    ;
  5. 5
    + 5,110
    - 2,337


    Linebacker

    ;
  6. 6
    + 4,543
    - 2,304


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 3,951
    - 1,668


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  8. 8
    + 4,672
    - 1,779


    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  9. 9
    + 5,611
    - 4,064

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  10. 10
    + 3,979
    - 1,912


    Linebacker

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  11. 11
    + 5,864
    - 4,196

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  12. 12
    + 3,902
    - 1,730

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

    ;
  13. 13
    + 3,823
    - 2,166

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 3,679
    - 1,758


    Quarterback

    ;
  15. 15
    + 3,802
    - 1,812


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,351
    - 1,485


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3,000
    - 1,151


    ;
  18. 18
    + 3,534
    - 877

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  19. 19
    + 2,883
    - 1,206


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    ;
  20. 20
    + 2,980
    - 1,483


    Linebacker, Center

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  21. 21
    + 2,635
    - 1,570

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

    ;
  22. 22
    + 2,965
    - 1,361


    Quarterback

    ;
  23. 23
    + 2,155
    - 1,108


    Running back

    ;
  24. 24
    + 2,752
    - 935

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

    ;
  25. 25
    + 2,290
    - 1,014


    Running back

    ;
  26. 26
    + 2,076
    - 815


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,526
    - 1,334


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,049
    - 1,304


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 2,077
    - 1,170


    Quarterback

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  30. 30
    + 1,658
    - 985


    ;
  31. 31
    + 1,760
    - 1,012


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 1,685
    - 820


    Running back

    ;
  33. 33
    + 1,611
    - 918


    Quarterback

    ;
  34. 34
    + 1,373
    - 431

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1,538
    - 743


    ;
  36. 36
    + 2,028
    - 1,000


    Quarterback

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  37. 37
    + 1,808
    - 984


    Quarterback

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  38. 38
    + 1,356
    - 491

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  39. 39
    + 1,745
    - 918


    Running back

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  40. 40
    + 1,378
    - 503

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  41. 41
    + 1,399
    - 880


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  42. 42
    + 1,413
    - 765


    Free Safety

    ;
  43. 43
    + 1,569
    - 970


    Running back, Return specialist

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  44. 44
    + 1,367
    - 554

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  45. 45
    + 1,737
    - 1,084


    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,614
    - 1,078


    Quarterback

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  47. 47
    + 1,485
    - 783


    Tight end

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  48. 48
    + 1,181
    - 793

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cornerback

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  49. 49
    + 1,239
    - 924

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  50. 50
    + 1,144
    - 507

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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